MLGW workers are working around the clock to restore power to the thousands of people in the Mid-South who lost power over the weekend due to strong storms.
Downed trees and power lines can be found throughout neighborhoods across the city of Memphis. MLGW is trying to families back to some sense of normalcy.
“I looked out the window, and I could see tree fall across the street and so I was looking, I opened the door and was kind of looking out the door to make sure the trees wouldn’t come down on our home, and I saw the smoke coming out of my neighbors home,” said Melissa Elsholz, a woman who lives on Timmons in East Memphis.
Elsholz lives behind a home at the heart of the damage.
“They were renovating they just bought the home last September, and they had redone all of the floors and the bathroom, so they had done a lot of remodeling,” Elsholz explained.
An MLGW representative told our reporter, Annette Peagler, strong winds knocked down four power poles in that particular East Memphis Neighborhood off Quince.
“Saturday night you had winds of about 60 miles per hour. When you get winds of that magnitude, tree limbs break, trees come down. They take out lines, they may take out several poles,” said Alonzo Weaver, V.P. of Engineering and Operations, MLGW.
Many MLGW customers have been without power since Saturday, but they are leaning on one another.
“Everybody is just sharing freezers, and who needs anything cut down we can help you out. They are just doing it for free just to help each other out,” Elsholz said.
MLGW officials understand the inconvenience but say crews are working around the clock.
“It will take a while; we’ve got additional crews in to assist in the restoration, we’ve got eight additional crews to assist our forces,” Weaver said.
Power should be restored to everyone by late Tuesday. MLGW has contracted some outside companies to come and help with the workflow.